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Islanders 4, Canadiens 3

Three goal second period fueled Isles' victory over the Habs

Thursday, 11.17.2011 / 10:21 PM / News
By Brian Croce
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Islanders 4, Canadiens 3
With the help of four second period goals, the Islanders cooled off the surging Montreal Canadiens and snapped a five-game winless streak, by taking a 4-3 victory on Thursday at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders improved to 5-8-3 as four different players scored goals. Despite having won seven of their last 10 games, the Canadiens could not come all the way back after the Islanders jumped out to a 3-0 lead and drop to 8-8-3 on the season.

Early in the first period, while the Canadiens were on their second powerplay of the game, Yannick Weber ripped a shot that Evgeni Nabokov turned aside, but he suffered an injury that forced him out of the game. Rick DiPietro made his second relief appearance of the season, making 24 saves on the night.

Mark Streit scores at 9:08 of the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at Nassau Coliseum on November 17, 2011. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The game was scoreless through one period, but it didn’t take long for the Islanders to convert in the second as they found the back of the net just 41 in. Budaj misplayed the puck behind his net and PA Parenteau made him pay, putting the Islanders up 1-0. The puck dribbled off the end boards and in front of the net for an easy tip-in for Parenteau.

Later in the second, Jay Pandolfo converted a cross-ice pass from to notch his first goal as an Islander and his 100th National Hockey League goal of his career.

“It was just nice to just get a goal,” Pandolfo said. “It’s nice to get a win most importantly. We’ve been struggling as of late, so it was big for us to find a way to get a win tonight.”

Matt Martin had a puck go off his skate in the offensive zone and took out two Montreal defensemen trying to track it down. That enabled Mark Streit to corral the loose puck just in front of the crease and poke it past Budaj at 9:08 into the second period to give the Islanders a 3-0 lead.

Travis Hamonic and David Desharnais lunge for a loose puck at Nassau Coliseum on November 17, 2011. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Canadiens would not go quietly, though. After a Mike Mottau turnover, Lars Elder found Max Pacioretty for a one-time slapshot that beat DiPietro over his left shoulder at the 14:52 mark. Minutes later, Erik Cole sent a shot past a sprawling DiPietro to cut the Canadiens’ deficit to 3-2.

Just 27 seconds later, the Islanders built their lead back to two when Matt Moulson found an opening between Budaj’s pads to give the Islanders a 4-2 lead.

Steve Staois took a boarding penalty with just under six minutes remaining in the game, and the Canadiens converted late in the powerplay when Mike Cammalleri found Brian Gionta, but it was ultimately too little too late.

We knew that we had to start winning games,” Travis Hamonic said. “This was the biggest game of the year so far. We did a lot of good things tonight and have to make sure we keep going in the right direction.

The Islanders will wrap up their three-game home stand on Saturday when they play the Boston Bruins. They will salute the Islanders first captain, Ed Westfall, by inducting him into the Islanders Hall of Fame.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 49 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 49 9 25 15 34
B. Nelson 49 15 16 5 31
F. Nielsen 49 9 18 4 27
J. Boychuk 39 4 21 15 25
J. Bailey 37 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 49 7 14 13 21
N. Kulemin 49 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 43 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 6 0 .865 3.43

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